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Voting sites to change in Boone, 4 Jackson precincts

Harrison County Clerk Sherry Brown had a request for $2,300 approved Monday night by the county council that will allow her to notify voters about changes to polling locations for November’s General Election.
The money will cover the cost of postage to voters in the precincts of North Jackson, Northeast Jackson, Northwest Jackson and Southwest Jackson, where voters will no longer cast their ballots at North Harrison Middle School.
Brown said she was asked to move the voting site by North Harrison Community School Corp. Supt. Lance Richards due to security reasons with people coming in and out of the school to vote.
The county had to mail 3,300 voters in the township back in the spring notifying them that their polling site had been moved from the school to Unity Chapel United Methodist Church south of Ramsey, costing Brown’s department more than $1,000, cleaning out the year’s budget for postage. Brown thought the relocation was a one-time change due to a renovation project at the middle school.
Richards has not made the same request regarding Morgan Elementary School, which means voters in Morgan Township will continue to go to the same polling location.
The Harrison County Election Board still needs to approve new polling locations for the four Jackson Township precincts. The other precinct for the township, Southeast Jackson, uses the Crandall Community Center.
Also, the Boone Township Volunteer Fire Dept. has asked the county to find a new polling location for East and West Boone precincts, which have voted at the firehouse. Brown said plans are in place to move the polling location for November to the Laconia Community Civic Center.
In other business from the meeting, which lasted about 50 minutes, the council heard an update regarding the state-sponsored program to help boost economic development in Corydon.
The Stellar program, now nearing the end of its second of four years, is beginning to design a new park at Rice Island, a one-time popular town attraction.
The plans come as leaders behind Stellar have started calling the work Stellar 2.0, which focuses on the east side of town.
Rand Heazlitt, Corydon’s town manager, provided the update Monday night. Stellar is required to provide the county with three updates a year.
A conceptual plan to put a park on the island also includes several features to the old Gerdon Auto Sales property along S.R. 62.
‘Rice Island has a lot of history and fond memories for the town,’ Heazlitt told the council.
It’s all part of Stellar’s East End Corridor project.
The two areas will be connected by Bridge No. 65, which will be placed over Little Indian Creek. The town worked it out with the county to have the iron bridge relocated. It currently sits on Circle Road.
Several activities will be scattered throughout the island, including trails, an event pavilion with a lawn and several observation decks.
At the northern edge of the island, near the bridge, there will be bocce ball and horseshoe courts, an open-air shelter, event plaza and a restored WPA building.
Parking options will be available at the west end of the island and on the old Gerdon property.
A playground is planned to go next to the bridge on the north side, along with a space for a caf’ and outdoor dining. One building will be used for a mixed-use redevelopment.
Overall, Stellar was able to secure $2 million in Community Development Block Grant funding to match Corydon funds of $532,000 to build the new park.
‘As a result of this funding, we are getting the opportunity to bring that jewel back to life, so to speak,’ Heazlitt said.
The Stellar designation also is helping Blue River Services Inc. renovate apartments at the Harrison Center, located at the northwest corner of Walnut Street and Capitol Avenue. Blue River Services applied to do the project through the Indiana Housing & Community Development Authority.
The work calls for rehabilitating six two-bedroom apartments, which will serve people who are at or below 60 percent of the median income of Harrison County.
The council’s next meeting will be Monday, Sept. 10, at 7 p.m. at the Government Center in south Corydon.

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